“You have judged correctly,” He told him. Turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair.”
Jesus is so patient with us. He reshapes our first, wrong thoughts into new, life-giving thoughts. Most of our first judgments of Jesus are wrong, making our judgments of other humans just as wrong. Jesus uses the art of storytelling to help us to have a second thought, a second judgment. He doesn’t want us to be trapped in the first human thought but to give us a new divine thought. It’s the second judgment that brings freedom.
Jesus, through the power of a story, renews the mind of Simon. Simon sees clearly that it is the person who has been forgiven of much who will love much. Simon has a second judgment, and Jesus, in His grace, recognizes Simon’s second judgment as correct. This second judgment was different than Simon’s first. Simon saw the character in the parable with different eyes, and this new judgment enabled a new thought.
In His wisdom, Jesus led Simon to see truth through a story. Then Jesus turns to the woman and says “Do you see this woman?” Wow, what a moment. Jesus is leading this pharisee into a moment of repentance with such kindness. Through the power of story, Jesus enables Simon to see that his initial judgment was all wrong. Simon’s new judgment was only connected to a story, but Jesus uses this moment to reveal that Simon’s second judgment is correct but correct is not enough. Jesus wants a correct judgment to become love in action. Jesus transforms our old human thoughts into new divine thoughts where we see others like He sees them.
Are we living in the first judgment or have we let Jesus reshape this into a second judgment—empowering us to turn again to someone we have once turned away from? Repentance towards Jesus is not just turning towards Him; true repentance is found in turning back towards others we have held in the first judgment. His grace leads us gently to turn again and see others in a new light. He uses the power of story, power of narrative, to correct wrong judgments in our lives. The Spirit of God moves powerfully through story. We need to move beyond our initial thought of others into a a new transformed thoughts, and the vehicle is stories of grace.
See people differently because you have let Jesus transform your first judgment into a second one, filled with grace and love. May we see our fellow human differently through the eyes of Christ. Bring life. Bring grace.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey